To The Daily Sun,
Apparently, in the arrogant world of Al Blake, the fact that you own up to your boorish behavior should absolve you of any criticism. While I can appreciate the honesty of one who recognizes his/her mistakes in judgment, it doesn't negate the threatening behavior that was perpetrated on an unsuspecting town employee.
In his letter Mr. Blake talks of "admitted loss of temper," "use of an expletive or two" and "raising his voice" (referring to the perpetrator). The one glaring omission Mr. Blake seems to overlook is — an apology. Instead, this individual blames his outburst on a conspiracy theory in which selectmen conspire to deprive him of information he has requested under "Right to Know."
For whatever reason, other than to malign my character, Mr. Blake deems it necessary to highlight my subversive activities as an associate of a "special interest group" — the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. I stand guilty as charged. I work with other dedicated individuals to help communicate to the residents, the underlying values that strong community connections, information, education, and shared community space matter. I'm sure Mr. Blake would find it less offensive if I were threatening and bullying town employees.
In the spirit of full disclosure and the updating of my nefarious behavior, I feel it necessary to let Mr. Blake know that my family and I recently celebrated birthdays at the Gilmanton Winery. Sunny and Marshal were gracious hosts, the brunch was delicious and plentiful, and Ellen, our waitress, couldn't have been more attentive and accommodating.
While Mr. Blake takes exception to my voicing views on Mr. Lavin's meltdown at Town Hall, he seems to have no qualms in using Mr. Lavin as a political pawn in launching into demonizing attacks against town selectmen for perceived misdoings.
Gilmanton is a wonderful community, with issues that confront many small towns, but if you read Mr. Blake often enough you'd think we were on the eve of destruction. As another contributor suggested, "Light some candles," Al.
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